Merry Christmas Everyone!
Some years Christmas comes and leaves so quickly that I’m left with unmet expectations, and some disappointments. Things happen so fast at Christmas time that it’s hard to sit down and savor everything that is happening. With just a few days until Christmas, I want to be able to relax even during the busyness and truly take time to savor what’s left of this season. There is just a little more than one week left of the year two thousand and seventeen, and I want to take it all in. How about you? Are you ready to savor what’s left of this season?
My best friend used to tell me “you’ve got to stop and smell the roses!”. Sometimes, I get all in a rush and forget to enjoy the things that are happening all around me. There may not be any roses to smell right now, but there are pine branches and twinkly lights all around that I can certainly enjoy!
Truth be told, there are lots of ways to “savor the season”…. and I hope you and I can both find the time and discipline to stop and enjoy just a couple of these holiday joys.
10 Ways to Savor the Rest of the Season
1. Read a book by the tree. Curl up by the cozy lights of the Christmas tree to read your Bible or a warming Christmas story. (I love the book Christmas With Anne, for some short and sweet Christmas stories).
2. Enjoy some milk and cookies. Sweet treats are everywhere right now. Even if you’re being careful not to indulge in too many sweets (and we should be careful), don’t forget to savor a few cookies here and there. (For some healthier cookie options, I love Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipe book!).
3. Snuggle up. Take some time to snuggle up in your favorite comfy clothes, a warm blanket, and your favorite pastime. Whether you choose to read your Bible, journal, or watch a movie, take some time to relax and enjoy the coziness of Christmas time. (I have this pillow case on our couch reminding me to take a break and snuggle up!)
4. Play Christmas music. There’s nothing like the sound of Christmas carols playing in the background. They remind us of the real reason for the season – Jesus Christ the Messiah who came as a humble babe. I’ve found that Christmas music is also one of the best ways to get into a joyful Christmas spirit.
5. Watch a Christmas movie. I love watching a good Christmas movie this time of year. Sometimes, it’s hard to find a good one, but we all have our favorites to fall back on. There’s one really sweet Christmas movie we had back home that I enjoyed – it was only about 30 minutes long but it left you with a warm fuzzy feeling when it was over. My Christmas Soldier was a sweet story of a boy and his family at Christmas time during World War 2. (What are your favorite Christmas movies?).
6. Take pictures. Take lots of pictures to capture special Christmas memories… the decorations, the family get-togethers, whatever it may be that you love about Christmas, capture the memories by taking pictures. (This is the kind of camera I use)
7. Read the Christmas story. Whether it’s during your devotions, or together with your family… take some time to read the biblical account of that very first Christmas, found in Luke chapter 2. This is the reason we celebrate Christmas!
8. Relive some childhood memories. Some of my favorite memories from Christmas growing up, was baking Christmas cookies with my mom and also listening to Christmas music and sometimes Christmas episodes of Adventures in Odyssey 🙂 Sometimes it’s fun to enjoy the little things we used to enjoy growing up. So, why not relive something you used to love growing up at Christmastime?
9. Display your Christmas cards. Whether you do this already or not… setting up your Christmas cards and photos is a great way to remember all those wishing you a Merry Christmas. People take the time to send us cards, so we should display them and enjoy them! (Check out this creative way to display your Christmas cards!)
10. Write a thank you note. Even though Christmas isn’t here yet, so many people are already giving gifts and showing kind gestures. Why not relax by the light of the tree and take some time to thank someone for their kindness and generosity towards you? (Check out these super cute snowman thank you cards!)
One more thing….
And this is the most important thing of all!
11. Spend time with the Savior of the Season. Take time this week to open your Bible, and spend time with the Jesus Christ, the Reason for this season! Spend time thanking God for His unspeakable gift. Take time to pray for your friends, family members, and loved ones. Thank the Lord for the blessings He’s given you. Just take the time to be with the One who provided your salvation through the little One who came that very first Christmas!
Merry Christmas Everyone!
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15